105 Days: Extended Maternity Leave Act, Approved!

The President intentionally signed the Expanded Maternity Leave Act on February 20, 2019, one day before it would have lapsed into law.  That is good news! What do we need to know about the new law?  Read this: Previously on Maternity Leaves: Female employees were entitled to 60 days of paid leave for normal delivery.Continue reading “105 Days: Extended Maternity Leave Act, Approved!”

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Dengue Confinements are Covered by PhilHealth

It is that time of the year when dengue mosquitoes seem to be more active in hunting their prey.  Young and old alike can fall victim to these pesky insects that carry the deadly dengue virus.  It is no secret why emergency rooms are never without a patient exhibiting the early signs of dengue fever.Continue reading “Dengue Confinements are Covered by PhilHealth”

How to Apply for an SSS Loan Restructuring If You are Unable to Visit an SSS Office

My brother’s SSS account has been in question for quite a few years now due to a salary loan that has remained unpaid since 2009.  I told him about the ongoing loan restructuring program being offered by the SSS and advised him to take some time off from work so he can visit an SSSContinue reading “How to Apply for an SSS Loan Restructuring If You are Unable to Visit an SSS Office”

South Korea Visa Now Only Through Travel Agencies

If you are planning to visit South Korea anytime soon, it is good to know that you no longer need to wait in line by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to get a visa.  Starting July 1, 2018, South Korea visitors may secure their visas through authorized travel agencies! According to the KoreanContinue reading “South Korea Visa Now Only Through Travel Agencies”

LTO Fines and Fees for Traffic Violations: What You Need to Know

Getting a ticket for a traffic or vehicle regulation violation means you will not only have to stop and spend a good 15 to 20 minutes negotiating with a traffic enforcer but also that you will have to pay the prescribed fee for the violation you committed.  It is both a pain in your scheduleContinue reading “LTO Fines and Fees for Traffic Violations: What You Need to Know”

My Experience Using the New DFA E-payment Portal

My passport is due to expire this month so I really made it a point to have it renewed before the end of May.  It was pretty difficult to get an appointment slot through the http://www.passport.gov.ph website but I finally was able to secure one last June 2, 2018. This was not the first timeContinue reading “My Experience Using the New DFA E-payment Portal”

How to Register as a PhilHealth Voluntary Member

Pinoys have yet to fully accept the values and benefits of being insured.  Whether it is a life or medical insurance, every working Filipino must be protected from the inevitable.  When unfortunate situations arise – a family member gets sick, a child meets an accident – it is best to be prepared. If you areContinue reading “How to Register as a PhilHealth Voluntary Member”

Everything You Need to Know About the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)

The OEC is a basic requirement for OFWs before they are given permission to work abroad.  They must secure this to ensure that their departure and overseas employment are properly documented.  This document has a 60-day validity from the date it was issued; this means that the OFW must be able to leave before theContinue reading “Everything You Need to Know About the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)”